Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX , USA - 1 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology

Training Director: Marsha Nortz Gragert, Ph.D., ABPP/CN

The Psychology Section of Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics is recruiting for an anticipated two positions within a two-year, postdoctoral fellowship designed to train scientist-practitioners in pediatric neuropsychology. The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) and is designed to conform to the guidelines developed by Division 40 of the APA, the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), and the training model formulated at the Houston Conference. The primary site for this fellowship is the Psychology Service of Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), which is the largest children’s hospital in the United States and the primary teaching/training center for the Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and TCH are located on the grounds of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. TCH was one of only eleven hospitals nationally designated by U.S. News and World Report in 2011-2012 for Honor Roll status in pediatrics, ranking 4th overall. We ranked among America's best in all ten specialty areas evaluated.

With accomplished faculty neuropsychologists (9 principal, 4 secondary) and pediatric psychologists (11), our program provides fellows with many professional role models. The fellowship is organized such that pediatric neuropsychology fellows spend 60% time in clinical service (divided across major and minor rotations), 20% time in research (culminating in one or more presentations at regional or national conferences and submission of a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal), and 20% time in didactic coursework. Fellows spend 2/3 of their clinical service time focused in neuropsychology (4, 6-month major rotations) and 1/3 in minor rotations drawn from neuropsychology and other concentration areas. The caseload of fellows is based upon their educational needs and training goals. The client population served through TCH represents a wide range of conditions within primary and specialized pediatric medicine. Fellows have the opportunity to participate in evaluations and consultation (major and minor rotations) and therapy (minor rotations) with children with a variety of physical disorders and diseases as well other mental health disorders. Common conditions seen by our fellows include leukemia, brain tumors, sickle cell disease, stroke, epilepsy, HIV, organ failure and transplantation, bone marrow transplantation, cochlear implantation, diabetes, lupus, genetic disorders, neurodevelopmental delays, autism, AD/HD, traumatic brain injury, psychiatric disorders, learning disabilities, and other neurological or systemic medical conditions.

The Psychology Section maintains a large number of trainees at various levels, offering significant opportunity for collegial interaction with peers. Current departmental trainees include: 7 postdoctoral fellows (4 in pediatric neuropsychology, 3 in clinical child psychology), 5 interns in our APA-accredited Professional Psychology Internship Training program, and numerous graduate practicum students. At the fellowship level, a firm foundation is provided for those pursuing careers in academic medical centers, hospitals, or private practice. The majority of our graduates enter directly into positions within academic medical centers.
Trainees interested in applying for the 2012-2014 class (anticipated start September 2012) can access additional information about our program through our web-based program brochure (PDF document) at www.bcm.edu/pediatrics/psychology/education. This brochure is also attached to this email announcement. As detailed in the program brochure, application requires submission of a letter of intent/cover letter, curriculum vita, official graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, the APPCN Verification of Completion of Doctorate form, and two (2) sample, written neuropsychological reports. All application materials must be received by our program on or before January 3, 2012. Applicants should also take note that our program participates in the APPCN match system. To register for the match, applicants must return their Agreement forms to the National Matching Services, Inc. (416-977-3431) by the date posted on their website (www.natmatch.com/appcnmat). This residency site agrees to abide by the APPCN policy that no person at this facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.

Interviews are extended by invitation only following initial application review. Interviews will be primarily conducted at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (February 15-18, 2012). Upon request, on-site interviews can be arranged for qualified applicants who are unable to attend the INS annual conference, and these will have to occur prior to the INS meeting in light of the due date for submission of program and applicant rankings.

Address application materials or queries to:

Post-doctoral Fellowship Training Program (Neuropsychology)
Department of Pediatrics, Psychology Section
Attn: Juana Gonzalez, Administrative Assistant
Texas Children's Hospital
6701 Fannin Street, CC 1630.00
Houston, TX 77030-2399
Phone: 832-822-4883
Email: psycfellowship@texaschildrenshospital.org

Posted by:

Marsha N. Gragert, PhD, ABPP-Cn
Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Texas Children's Hospital
6701 Fannin Street
Suite 1630
Houston, TX 77030-2399
(832)822-1668 phone
(832)825-4164 fax